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Fresh off the announcement that iOS 17 will be launching for iPhone users next week, Apple has quickly rolled out the iOS 17 Release Candidate (RC) to its dedicated developers and beta community. This latest development means beta participants can promptly transition to the RC edition, which mirrors the version scheduled for public distribution shortly.
If you haven’t installed iOS 17 yet, here is a guide you can use: How to Safely Download and Install iOS 17 Beta on Your iPhone
Understanding Release Candidates
For those unfamiliar with the terminology, Apple’s RC builds represent the final versions of operating systems presented to developers and beta testers just days before public release. Assuming no significant glitches arise, these versions eventually become the ones disseminated to the broader user base.
Those equipped with devices on the iOS 17 beta track can now access the iOS 17 RC via over-the-air (OTA) updates. For a deeper dive, developers can download the full IPSW version directly from Apple’s developer portal.
What’s New in iOS 17?
iOS 17 isn’t just a nominal update; it’s brimming with features. iPhone aficionados can anticipate improvements across FaceTime and Messages, the debut of an innovative standby mode, interactive home screen widgets, the NameDrop feature, and enhanced keyboard intelligence. The iPad isn’t left behind either, receiving a revamped customizable lock screen and support for both microphones and USB webcams.
A Bundle of RC Updates
Apple’s release spree didn’t stop at iOS. The tech giant also unveiled Release Candidates for:
It’s worth noting that watchOS 10 ushers in fresh interfaces for a majority of Apple Watch apps, while tvOS 17 brings the magic of FaceTime to Apple TV. On the macOS Sonoma front, Mac users can anticipate iOS 17-inspired updates, notably elevated iMessage and FaceTime experiences.
Mark your calendars:
- iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 10: September 18
- macOS Sonoma: September 26
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